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has stressed that the role of the u.s. military would be limited in time and scope. our mission has been to use america's unique capabilities to create the conditions for the no-fly zone and to assist in meeting urgent humanitarian needs. as expected, we're already seeing a significant reduction in the number of u.s. planes involved in our operations as the number planes from other countries increase in numbers. today we are taking the next step. we have agreed, along with our nato allies, to transition command and control for the no-fly zone over libya to nato. all 28 allies have also now authorized military authorities to develop an operations plan for nato to take on the broader civilian protection mission under resolution 1973. nato is well-suited to coordinate this international effort and ensuring that all participating nations are working effectively together toward our shared goals. this coalition includes countries beyond nato including arab partners, and we expect all of them to be providing important political guidance going forward. we have always said that arab leer lea
into a supposed u.s. ally by the george w. bush administration when they were searching for something to call a diplomat i can victory after the fiasco that was the fake weapons of mass destruction in iraq. it is hard enough to figure out how americans can best help out popular uprisings of people that want to determine their own future instead of living under a despot. that is hard enough. how do you figure it out when the despot in question is our despot. when he has enjoyed american support, american seal of approval? that's why there was this collective national stomach turning when we saw images of iuste g cannisters thrown at the people in egypt. the u.s. was neutral, then moved against mubarak. but had mubarak kept control of the military, ultimately it wouldn't have been tear gas, it would have been american tanks and f-16 fighter jets squaring off against the peaceful protest movement america was supporting. in libya now, there's some of that same awkwardness. justin elliott had a piece at salon.com that was helpful and interesting, noting that the george w. bush administration's emb
and what this could mean for u.s. forces. we're also standing by for a statement from the secretary of state hillary clinton. we're also standing by for a statement from the nato secretary-general in brussels. stand by for that. >>> moammar gadhafi is still on the attack, on this the sixth night of pounding by the coalition forces. an explosion and anti-aircraft fire echos in tripoli just a little while ago. could the outrageous failure at reagan happen again? the fallout, the danger at two planes coming in for a landing radioed the control tower and got no answer. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." let's begin with the breaking news. the united states may be closer to giving up its lead role in the fight to protect lickance from gadhafi's forces. right now there's new uncertainty, though, about a tentative deal for nato to take command of the mission. we have lots of questions about how this might play out and how it might affect the overall goal of seeing gadhafi go away. the secretary of state hillary clinton will make a statement a little more that an hour from no
several homes. no injuries were reported there, th. >>> kewhere the coast.ips are patrolling off u.s.fficials say theibyan air force is nlonger a factor. mewhile, libyan ground forces still trying to retake rebel-held posions are being attacked by alliplaned war.rrl . >> reporter: traces of anti-acrt fire pierce the night sky tripo. the eastern part of thcapital. there's alsoord that clition forceshit have ammar gadhafi's command in ajdabiya. rebels moving up their front line are confident they'll soon be able to te that city. >> this is a matteof time. time only. aftemaybe one day or less than one day, these tanks wil surrender. >> reporter: clition planes so bombegadhafs forces in misrata, to stop them from shling civilians. secretary of state hilry clinton says coladhafi h the power to stop all of this. >> the quickest way for him to end is is to actually serve thliby people by leaving. repeatedly sted gadhafi must go. but the u.n. rolution lls foprection of the byan peoplenot a regime change. that leaves pridt obama to answ some tough estions. house speaker john boehner sen the
there are people trying it. from tunisia to hosni mubarak, the great u.s. ally of three decades. to yemen, to worries about al qaeda and extremism in that area of the world. he is supposedly our ally against terrorism. even moammar gadhafi, most americans if they think of him at all think of him as a ridiculous cartoon villain. even he has recently been considered an ostensible american ally. whose planes the american military shot down in 1986. a man whose house ronald reagan shot a missile. even gadhafi was made into a supposed u.s. ally by the george call a diplomatic victory after the fiasco that was the fake weapons of mass destruction in iraq. it is hard enough to figure out how americans can best help out popular uprisings of people that want to determine their own future instead of living under a despot. that is hard enough. how do you figure it out when the despot in question is our despot. when he has enjoyed american support, american seal of approval? that's why there was this collective national stomach turning when we saw images of made in the usa tear gas cannisters thrown
are urged to purchase and water after radiation has been found in the tap water. in the u.s., data crunched by bloomberg shows dealing with fire prevention and safety issues could cost the u.s. nuclear industry $8 billion. toyota gearing up to restart production of the toyota prius. it expects assembly interruptions in the u.s. because of the aftereffects of the march 11 earthquake. stock-index futures are little changed right now. that is business news. at bloomberg headquarters in new york, linda bell reporting for abc 7 news. back to you. >> thank you. >>> 4:38. it's 41 degrees. >> still to come we will have a revised forecast. this one is for the cherry blossoms. we will tell you when the trees will reach their peak bloom. >> the aftermath of a powerful spring storm. what caused part of a busy highway to collapse. >> lisa baden as another check of your thursday morning commut blue diamond almonds! more bold flavor! more variety! more value! more of what you want... not what you don't. blue diamond almonds. (play-by-play announcer) it's up and it is... good! more than a snack. >>> th
nato command and control when it's handed over in the coming days from the u.s. command and from general carter ham. it will go to nato commander and control. that agreement has been released and we should hear from secretary of state hillary clinton in moments about the structure but we can confirm that nato will take command of the libyan operation. >> thank you. desperately in need of fresh recruit but short on time, the libyan rebels are getting a crash course in weapons training. senior correspondent rick leventhal has that story. >> this used to be a military training academy for gaddafi's army. now it serves the revolution. the instructors are former soldiers including special forces. teaching benghazi civilians how to fight. >> i am a computer engineer. until the government of gaddafi started using weapons against us. >> the trainees include shop owners to risk their live for secure libya. >> this is the first time i touched this. >> a salesman becoming a soldier and says he is not afraid. >> when we finish, let's go to libya. >> [ inaudible ] >> really, really, really. a
senators gary hart and norm coleman assess president obama's decision to use u.s. military power in libya. >> ifill: then, we get a report from a japan battered by nuclear disaster and now facing elevated radiation levels in its tap water. >> lehrer: miles o'brien looks at the future for u.s. nuclear power in the wake of the japan crisis. >> ifill: ray suarez reports on how the north african nation of morocco is working to avoid becoming the next target of regional unrest. >> reporter: in washington, morocco's foreign minister gave us an overview of king mohammed's planned reforms for a country facing some of the same discontents as its neighbors. >> you know what i feel like? i feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof! >> lehrer: and jeffrey brown remembers legendary film star elizabeth taylor who died today at age 79. that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people des
in the u.s., the financial markets ignored those debt concerns. but erika miller looks at why american investors may want to pay attention to the crisis in portugal. >> reporter: for the past few weeks, investors have had plenty of distractions, ranging from political upheaval in egypt and libya to natural disasters and nuclear problems in japan to sharply higher oil prices. but today, the spotlight was on a problem many thought had gone away-- the european debt crisis. the fall of the portuguese government has pushed that country's borrowing rates to record levels, making it more difficult for portugal to get a handle on it's debt. economist brian levitt says the fear in financial markets is that portugal could need an expensive bailout. >> the big fear about the fall of the government in portugal is that they are not going to go through the austerity measures that they need, that the larger euro-economies want for them to go through in order to get additional credit facilities. >> reporter: another fear is contagion, reinforced by credit rating agency moody's downgrade of more than 3
to the united states. senior u.s. officials tell cnn that one of gadhafi's closest confidants has been calling the state department every day. we also heard this talk by secretary of state hillary clinton yesterday. though u.s. officials say the intention behind these calls is murky. could be a sign the gadhafi regime is exploring options, looking for a way out or disinformation put forth to make gadhafi not trust the people around him. today secretary of state hillary clinton said gadhafi and his inner circle have some choices to make. >> it will be up to gadhafi and his insiders to determine what their next steps are, but we would certainly encourage that they would make the right decision. and not only institute a cease fire but withdrawal from the cities and the military actions and prepare for a transition that does not include colonel gadhafi. the quickest way for him to end this is to serve the libya people by leaving. >> gadhafi shows no sign he is ready to back down. he and his government insist the air strikes are killing and injuring civilians but they have presented no evidence. th
threat to the safety of the people. from the start, president obama has stressed that the role of the u.s. military would be limited in time and scope. our mission has been to use america's unique capabilities to create the conditions for the no-fly zone and to assist in meeting urgent humanitarian needs. and as expected, we're already seeing a significant reduction in the number of u.s. planes involved in operations as the number of planes from other countries increase in numbers. today, we are taking the next step. we have agreed, along with our nato allies, to transition command and control for the no-fly zone over libya to nato. all 28 allies have also now authorized military authorities to develop an operation's plan for nato to take on the broader civilian protection mission under resolution 1973. nato is well-suited to coordinating this international effort and ensuring that all participating nations are working effectively together toward our shared goals. this coalition includes countries beyond nato, including arab partners. and we expect all of them to be providing important po
caoadcast fo. "nbc nightly news" is next. >>> on the broadcast tonight, who's in charge? is the u.s. about to hand over control of the attack on libya? and tonight what may be the next nation to go in that region. >>> changing face. a major milestone tonight for a growing group of americans. >>> asleep in the tower. two jets needing to land in washington can't raise an air traffic controller, and now we know why. >>> and making a difference, for the struggling people of japan. nbc news with americans on a mission to provide critical relief. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it has turned into a big military effort, bombs and cruise missiles have been raining down on libya, and it could get even bigger and the stakes are high. it's been a mostly u.s. run air campaign thus far, but tonight a change is coming. a hand-over to nato for the supervision of this strike. even though the pentagon warned libya today, quote, we will continue to hit you, the u.s. is anxious to shift some of this to somebody else. and just as there have been new a
. >>> over to you. the u.s., it's giving up the lead in libya in a matter of days. one problem -- so far, there's no one to hand command to. can the u.s. get allies organized on the president's timeline? >>> japan's radiation fears. a run on water and basic supplies in tokyo and at the crippled nuclear plant, workers sent to the hospital from exposure to beta rays. >>> and washington, we have a problem. the strange case of two ssenger jets forc to lan on ei oat d.c. mor rpt when no one answered at air traffic control. we'll have the latest on the investigation, just ahead. >>> good morning, everyone. it's thursday, march 24th, 2011. i'm savannah guthrie. chuck todd will be back tomorrow. also this morning, the president getting it from the right and the left in congress on libya, as he wakes up this morning back in washington. and we will talk to the libyan ambassador to the u.s., who left the gadhafi regime live here on "the daily rundown" later this hour. >>> also, the slow start to the 2012 republican race seems to be helping one candidate -- president obama. we'll have the latest pol
. on the "newshour" tonight: we update the military operation and get two views on what the u.s. and its allies can do to stop moammar qaddafi's forces. >> lehrer: then, judy woodruff talks to the editor of the yemen times about the growing protests in that arab nation. >> they want a life where they don't have to think of future and be equal. >> brown: paul solman has the story of the widening gap in american society between the very rich and the rest of the country. >> the top 1% is living well, and they don't get it. they don't get what is happening to this country and i feel like we're creating a third world country subculture within this country. >> lehrer: and ray suarez looks at new census numbers showing one in six americans is hispanic. >> lehrer: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> you can't manufacture pride, but pride builds great cars. and you'll find in the people at toyota, all across america. >> auto companies make huge profits. >> last year, chevron made a lot of money. >> where does it go? >> every penny and more we
. lawmakers continued to question the cost of the u.s. role. kate amara joins us live with more on the story. good morning to you. >> pressure mounting on the president. he is talking about the u.s. exit strategy. in the libyan capital, anti- aircraft fire lit up the sky once again. u.s.-led coalition forces continue to carry out air strikes. and now, nato war ships are patrolling off libya's coast, enforcing the u.n. arms embargo. >> at the same time, nato has completed plans to help enforce the no-fly zone. >> the white house wants to hand off control of the military operation within days. >> the united states' role once that environment is shaped is actually significantly reduced because we've got a broad-based international coalition, including arab states, that believe in the same thing that we do. >> meanwhile, pressure is mounting on the administration from members of congress. in a letter, house speaker john boehner demanded president obama outline objectives. a statement from democrat nancy pelosi saying u.s. participation is strengthened by consultation with congress. >> we can't a
this morning, president obama spoke to and consulted with the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton, as well as admiral mike mullen to discuss situation in libya. they said enforcement of the no-fly zone is taken on by the coalition partners. contribution by the coalition partners are still being discussed and negotiated. >> the coalition may have broadened. the french war plane off the charles dugal. and four qatari jets were en route. senior defense official told position it was still u.s. war planes that did more than 90% of the bombing runs, where combat air patrol missions overnight. the tomahawk cruise missile phases the conflict in effect over according to the defense official who said they have ways to attack the defenses. muammar gaddafi continues to taunt the coalition. "i am here, i am here, i am here," he said, standing outside the compound in downtown trip poe lie last night. the coalition continueed to insist he was not a target but said he must go. >> so gaddafi has a decision to make and the people around him each have decisions to make. the quickest way for him to end this i
site and take our non-scientific "you decide" poll. should the u.s. go after moammar qaddafi? 14% of you have say yes. you can still weigh in. bill: we have a fox news alert. police on the scene at the airport. a suspicious package located near one of the baggage carousels. not quite sure what's in it if anything. police say they do not think it's related to what we saw last night. did you see this ranging fire last night? look at these pictures. this is at the airport in miami. the fire breaking out in the area where the fuel is kept. it was not near a runway or terminal. this morning there could be flight delays because the airport is running at 40% fuel capacity. look at the night skylight up in miami. we are giving you a live report at the airport to find out what happened at the fire and also what's going on with this suspicious package. >> tense moments in the sky as two passenger flights are forced to land without help from anyone in the airport control tower. it happened at reagan national airport just across the river from our nation's capitol. take a listen as the contr
the u.s. mission there in libya about cost, about an exit strategy. the president and other senior administration officials have talked about this and narrowly defined in their row focus of this mission. and that the u.s., which has been taking a supporting -- a leading role rather would move in the second phase to a supporting role. what would that look like? well, jay carney, white house spokesman today said that u.s. jets would not be used in enforcing any kind of no-fly zone but it would be more of an assist role perhaps providing jamming technology, even intelligence. so that is how the white house sees this next phase of the mission in live xwrap but again, no official reaction yet to this agreement. one other point i should make is that you know, we're waiting to find out if perhaps the president will make any public comments about this to the american people. there have been a lot of questions about the president perhaps not fully explaining all of the ins and outs of this mission to the american people. the white house has pushed back on that saying from the beginning whet
that will include a discussion of when the u.s. will hand over its lead role. french military officials say french pilot fired a missile at a libyan plane that just landed at a base in the coastal city of misrata. french jets, including some from the aircraft carrier charles de gaulle, seen here off libya, struck a libyan base 150 miles south of the coast. attacks in tripoli targeted a libyan military base depot. libyan state tv broadcast these images of the damage. and the african-american union has invited representatives from gadhafi's government and opposition representatives to talk in ethiopia's capital tomorrow. so far new york response from either side in libya. >>> we begin coverage with nbc news pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. mik, what can you tell us about the incident involving that french fighter jet? >> reporter: u.s. military officials can't tell us very much. earlier today, members of that coalition on the american side said they had no evidence that there was a plane in the air or of any poe sentential shoot-dow. as we find out from the french, one of their war fighting
is at the white house. jim, let's begin with you in the pentagon now. what is the u.s. military saying about the report that a french jet attacked and destroyed a libyan aircraft? >> well, there were all sorts of conflicting reports from the beginning after a french pilot radioed in to the command aboard the mt. whitney, the u.s. command ship out there in the mediterranean that he had shot down a libyan war plane. at the time, u.s. officials said they could not confirm it and continued to check, but subsequently, it turns out, and again, these are still conflicting reports, that apparently this french pilot shot a libyan airplane of some kind, whether it was a war plenty, whether it was a air,r enivia ple,has tve e, it landed at misratah or was already on the ground. now, of course, what made the first reports very significant is that would have been the first libyan aircraft, military, that would have challenged this no-fly zone. because not a single helicopter or libyan war plane has been in the sky since the u.s. and coalition war planes started to enforce that no-fly zone. but also, beca
for the u.s. to hand over a huge part of that bold operation over libya. and tonight, an abc news exclusive. martha raddatz with extraordinary access. behind me, you're looking at the "usskearsarge." martha spending hours on board with the american commander. tonight, the latest on these new u.s. plans to hand over partial control and she has ne details about the rescue of those u.s. pilots ejecting from 22,000 feet and tough questions for the commander. will this operation be a success in the end? martha landed back at a u.s. base in italy just a short time ago and has the latest. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are a lot of details to be worked out about that nato plan, but we did spend a remarkable day jumping from warship to warship with the man currently in charge. general carter ham took charge of africa command on march 9th. ten days later, he was at war. and now, he is here, in the middle of the fight, touring the u.s. warships off the coast in libya. he brought the sailors and marines some encouragement from their commander in chief -- >> he said, how are the attacks going?
to be afghanistan on steroids for a number of reasons. it is an important ally from the u.s. and the defense secretary yesterday said there were for planning by the administration for a period of post yemen president. that is important. number two, it is the haven for al qaeda in yemen or al qaeda on the arabian peninsula a group behind almost all of the attempted or successful strikes on the united states in the last 18 months. more significantly, it also has a problem with shia rebels in the north so if it was to become a safe haven or to be a plagues with a vacuum no real power base we saw in the president, we would not know, we being the u.s. government, who to deal with trying to keep a lid on the ability of al qaeda in yemen to launch attacks against the united states. >>shepard: big picture. this could solve a lot of problems in the short run. >>reporter: if we can do a couple of things. first, and what i found important in the "wall street journal" reporting no one has been identified as the likely leader for this transitional authority. if that can happen in a fairly smooth way, it
in jerusalem killed one person and wounded more than 50. israel's ambassador to the u.s. says that the bombing does not appear related to militants' recent rocket attacks on southern israel. >>> defense secretary robert gates met with his israeli counterpart in tel aviv today. and he is urging the israelis to restart peace negotiations with the palestinians. defense officials say that gates believes israel can get ahead of the pop ulous wave across the middle east by pressing a peace deal. >>> and hundreds of potential jurors are at the los angeles county courthouse today. 12 will be chosen to decide whether michael jackson's doctor goes to prison. dr. conrad murray is charged with giving jackson an overdose of an anesthetic. opening statements in the trial are set for may. >>> now more for our top story. there are safety concerns at reagan national airport. after two pilots were unable to reach the control tower before landing. our sandra endo is in washington with details. first of all, sandra, the flight landed safely, but there's still so many questions here. the real issue, why the contro
assistance for more than 60,000 people leaving libya. 160.3 million u.s. dollars is 63% funded. so now there are contingency trends. refugees are now totaling as many as 250,000 people. the reports are that food prices in libya are rising sharply with the price of flour, for example, doubling in recent weeks. the u.n. and libyan authorities continue to be far apart on the scope of the humanitarian situation. no agreement has been reached on how these missions would be carried out. i have to remind all parties currently engaged in hostilities in libya of their obligations under humanitarian law for allowing the safe refuge and unimpeded access by humanitarian organizes to populations in need. my special envoy mission was to reach definite conclusions about the human rights situation. but they found many warning signs, including threat and incitement of gangs. these threats were aired on television. the u.n. mission about the population of the general state of fear controlled by secret services and new sources of unrest and disappearances. in light of these findings, the special envoy in
washington times" which featured the study that his group did this morning. survey says u.s. financial house in state of disoer. we have been talking about this since 1986. gramm-rudman hollings -- that is what really took out and became a big issue. the balanced budget amendment to the constitution. what do you think whitman guest: look, i am not against a balanced budget amendment but the problem is there will be so many loopholes that i am not sure it will be effective. in my view, we ought to be thinking about having a limit on how much debt as a percentage of the economy the u.s. can take on. a constitutional limit. in addition, we need statutory budget controls like i have been talking about that would hopefully keep us from ever approaching that constitutional limit. we can think about a line item veto. we can think about making sure that federal spending is actually for somhing that has a national purpose. you would be shocked, federal money are spent for things that don't have a darn thing to do with something of national significance. host: this tweet from james -- guest: first, th
be closed for hours. take a look in the oakland hills. u.s. geological survey saying the ground is 90% saturated that might explain the runoff here. hillsides and trees could be giving way. some trails are closed down to prevent hikers getting stuck. >> we're like a sponge and we're having trees fall on the trails. we have our crews out making sure we're keeping what trails we can open. >> reporter: four slides reported in the oakland hills last weekend. this one is in december to give you an idea how long it takes to undue the damage down from the landslides. clean out your storm drains at home and culverts to help prevent back-up and keep water moving where it should go. coming back here in san leandro, the problem is not going where it should go. they have a clogged drain. two southbound lanes are closed maybe for hours. they are going to try to figure what is in the drain and how you tough it is to open up again and then we'll know how long it will be closed this morning. live in san leandro, terry mcsweeney, "abc 7 news". >> kristen: we'll be checking back with you. you were talk
. also tonight, passing the baton. the u.s. is planning to turn over leadership of the libya mission to nato. tokyo's water is declared safe again, but not before a radiation scare causes a run on bottled water. and an air traffic controller in washington is suspended after falling asleep. leaving commercial jetliners to land on their own. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. every so often the census bureau gives americans a look in the mirror to see who we are and how we're changing and a report from the bureau today says one thing that's changing is the racial and ethnic makeup of the country with the hispanic population growing rapidly. one out of six adults is now hispanic as is one out of four children. in the past ten years, the overall u.s. population has grown by 27 million to 308 million and hispanics account for more than half the increase. more now from nancy cordes. >> reporter: salt lake city's newest grocery store caters to a group that census figur
information about gadhafi's inner circle reaching out to the united states. senior u.s. officials tell cnn that one of kathd's closest can fi dants, a brother-in-law, has been calling the state department almost every day. arab allies say they're also getting calls. we heard this talk yesterday from secretary of state clinton. though u.s. officials say the intention behind these calls is murky, it could be a sign that gadhafi's regime is looking for a way out. it could also be disinformation being put forward by the u.s. and others to make gadhafi not trust the people around him. in an interview, president obama said that gadhafi could wait it out, even though his forces have been weakened. today, secretary of state clinton said gadhafi and his inner circle have some choices to make. >> it will be up to gadhafi and his insiders to determine what their next steps are. but we would certainly encourage that they would make the right decision. not only institute a real comprehensive cease-fire, but withdraw from the cities and the military actions and prepare for a transition that does not inc
the u.s. would support? >> i would say we are looking at all options, andy. we want to isolate baghdad. >> has the u.s. consulted with echo on this idea? >> i don't know on that idea. we continue in closed consultation on a variety of options. >> they are feeling the pressure from the national community? >> i don't think i said that. we are trying to increase pressure on him so he feeled isolated. we feel his threat to nationalize the cocoa industry in an effort to gain funds clearly show that the sanctions that we've leveled against him are having an affect. yeah, go ahead. >> the u.n. security council resolution is concerned -- >> we shifted to libya? everybody is -- >> are you done? >> thank you, matt. for keeping me on target here. i do want to shoot briefly, then i'll go to your question. i apologize. just two other things. the united states congratulated the human rights council in geneva on the special repertoire on iran, and this represents a significant step forward for the people of iran and the council. the people of iran despite every attempt by the iranian government to si
to act. french planes were the first to reach the skies over benghazi. cruise missiles from the u.s. and u.k. followed. striking the region -- the regime's air defenses and clearing the way for out -- and allied aircraft to implement the no-fly zone. many other nations have joined the this effort. after only five days, we have made significant progress. a massacre in benghazi was prevented. his air force and air defenses have been rendered largely ineffective and the coalition is in control of the skies above libya. humanitarian relief is beginning to reach the people who need it. for example zukofsky of today kanof if we learned fat least 18 for doctors and nurses from fan organization for sponsored by the u.s. agency for international development had arrived in benghazi and were beginning to provide support to the city's main hospital. the military would be limited in time and scope. our mission has been to use america's unique capabilities to create the conditions for the no-fly zone and to assist in what meetings -- meeting in urgent humanitarian needs. we're seeing a significan
today taking out a libyan training jet and the u.s., france and britain all taking a lead role so far. but, but, but, just two arab jets are in the region along with two of their transport planes but we do not know if they are being used and no sign of the 24 jets promised and pulled by the united arab emirates and secretary of state, hillary clinton is satisfied but author of "the coming revolution," and expert on the middle east is not satisfied. these are the folks, the arab league that said to a nation, you have to do something about libya, we are behind you when you do, and they're not. what is going on? >>guest: that is the problem, the arab league asked the united nations and asked us and the europeans to intervene yet the arab league has huge resources. we are spending $100 million, i guess, each day on this operation and there are billions of petro dollars and more important you spoke about qatar with two planes are more and you have three other amendments that are allies, why were they not asked. >>neil: they were among the nations include will bahrain, algeria, egypt, jorda
to libya now where nato warships are patrolling off the coast. u.s. officials say the libyan air force is no longer a factor. meanwhile, libyan ground forces still trying to retake rebel-held positions are being attacked by allied warplanes. terrell brown reports. >> reporter: traces of anti-aircraft fire pierce the night sky in tripoli. amid reports of explosions in the eastern part of the capital. there's also word that coalition forces have hit moammar gadhafi's kand in ajdabiya. rebels moving up their front line are confident they'll soon be able to take that city. >> this is a matter of time. time only. after maybe one day or less than one day, these tanks will surrender. >> reporter: coalition planes also bombed gadhafi's forces in misrata, to stop them from shelling civilians. secretary of state hillary clinton says colonel gadhafi has the power to stop all of this. >> the quickest way for him to end this is to actually serve the libyan people by leaving. >> reporter: the white house has repeatedly stated gadhafi must go. but the u.n. resolution calls for protection of the libya
. they will not be successful doing so. >>> u.s. soldier jeremy morelock has pleaded guilty to charges he and other soldiers killed afghan citizens for sport last year. but morelock's possible life sentence was reduced to 24 years in a plea deal. german news magazines have published photographs showing morelock and other soldiers posing over the bodies of dead afghans. >>> allied attacks on tripoli are continuing into a sixth day. take a look at these pictures. they're from libyan state tv, and they reportedly show the destruction at a military base in tripoli. look at that fire raging. these were apparently filmed just after a coalition air strike. the coalition attacks on military targets have now grounded gadhafi's air force and crippled the country's air defenses. so strikes from now on are focusing more on ground troops as they move toward rebel-held towns to try and recapture them. >>> the libyan government says a number of civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes including women and children. to prove it, they bundled foreign reporter on it a convoy of buses to show them a house they said
, and these are u.s. company that is have their core base here. the good news is i think if we meet the object i haves -- objectives that we've talked about, we will stimulate clean technologies, software, hardware, all of the real disruptive technologies that we are talking about. they are global, their competitors are global, they have to be global. i think if we do the right thing, we are going to do well by exports. which is real positive. >> this is a really important point. we tend to maybe think of these things in silos. but one the president's key initiatives is doubling exports over the next five years. and, of course, that involves, you know, large companies, boeing and others. when you look at the numbers, the real way we're going to do is in increasing in the small and medium-sized enterprises. turns out that 30% of the exports are from small and medium-sized enterprises. and that's disproportionally small. and there's only 250,000 small companies that export. so if you look at the math, there's almost three million small businesses $30 million smalls. xiii of them who have traded go
to the u.s. fighting forces in libya. and the stronger signal sent today by president obama that america is ready to turn the lead over to other nations. but jake tapper is at the white house, tackling the question, does this really mean the united states troops will be out of harm's way? jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, just earlier this evening, speaker of the house john boehner just sent a letter to president obama demanding to know when the u.s. is going to hand over command and control to that international coalition. the truth is, diane, the white house does not have an answer. they'd like to do it by the end of this week, but it's unclear that will happen. president obama is quite eager to hand over command and control to the international coalition. >> the exit strategy will be executed this week, in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment. we'll still be in a support role. >> reporter: that support role, supplying, jamming, intelligence, is not an exit strategy. it's still a huge commitment, though it would b
says it will be hosting a summit in london next week. progress on the u.s. mandate intervention in libya. the u.s. military said there is no indication that coalition air strikes resulted in any civilian casualties. wednesday night, sites again or targeted in the capital of tripoli. bobby gaddafi -- gaddafi's tanks in israel were hit. schelling's have resumed. >> a propaganda war is also being waged in libya. brandishing, a presenter on libyan state television pledged to give his last breath for libyan leader gaddafi. state television also broadcast images of gaddafi's supporters staging demonstrations and gaddafi himself making a brief public appearance for the first time in days. speaking from his compound, gaddafi pledged victo, denouncinghat he called the unjustified aggression of crusader nations. although the united nations- backed strike had forced his troops to retreat, battles are still waiting on the ground. rebels and regime forces are still fighting for control in eastern libya, where thehave been engaged in a standoff for days. the u.s. president says intervention w
to morocco. this is from today's "washington journal."dway >> host: between u.s. capitol and white house's the archives located on the constitution and pennsylvania avenue and mcgowan theater is part of thest archives complex were of course america's most important documents are housed. this morning we have a group of students from four states, part of the c-span close-up program here on c-span's "washington journal." they are all ap honor students and we are pleased to welcome marc ginsburg former ambassador to morocco senior adviser tots president carter on the middle middle east and now a lawyer in washington d.c. with apple worldwide. appreciate your time. >> could to be with you. good morning. >> what is our mission in libya and what is the endgame?e >> depends on the u.s.. if you ask the french defenseme? minister is regime change in if u.s. president carter it is a humanitarian mission to prevent gadhafi's forces is a humanitarian mission to present -- prevent forces from harming innocent civilians. if u.s. the pentagon come it is to enforce a no-fly zone. if you ask susan rice a
was the only plane bound for the u.s. but after arriving at 7:20 p.m. the jet was removed to a remote area and all 357 people on board were searched. nothing out of the ordinary was found. >>> after years of drought, the reservoirs are full. perhaps twofold. i am consumer editor tom vacar. the state of the reservoirs, still ahead. >>> the report from los angeles and how elizabeth taylor help charities in the bay area. >>> another strong storm developing offshore. the impressive rainfall projections and when flood advisories will begin for parts of the bay area. >> in san francisco tonight a protest of u.s. military involvement in libya. they are opposed to a third u.s. more in a muslim country. the protest involved about 40 people and was outside the federal building. >>> robert gates said today the air assaults have essentially destroyed moammar gadhafi's force. they say the forces are pulling back from two key western cities. in the meantime three bay area house democrats have asked president obama to end the u.s. bombardment. california senator barbara boxer and sarah sisco today defend
today the u.s. housing market still is struggling. susie, that's even as many parts of the economy are recovering. >> susie: tom, what got everyone concerned is the latest new home sales numbers. they fell to a record low. sales tumbled almost 17% in february. even lower prices couldn't bring in the buyers. the average selling price for a new home fell to $202,000. at the current sales pace, it would take almost nine months to sell all the new homes on the market. >> tom: this discouraging news comes right at the start of the spring selling season. erika miller reports. >> reporter: instead of eating during her lunch hour, angie moncada likes to go house hunting online. she and her husband have been waiting for spring to get serious about their search. >> we want to move somewhere around the beginning of june. also it seems like things are just picking up generally, and we're hoping that people who have been holding out on putting their homes on the market will be doing so now. >> reporter: it also doesn't hurt that home prices nationwide are still falling. new homes prices are at
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